The Glass House Mountains are magnificent. They are as breathtaking as you would imagine them to be, if not better. You can see the peaks from miles away, beautifully situated in the flourishing, green plains of the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to witness them from the top.
I first heard about the Glass House Mountains in 2016. I have had them pinpointed on my “maps” ever since. After my partner James and I left Lennox Head, we took off on the Pacific Motorway and headed north, towards Brisbane. We knew we were going to climb to the top of Mount Ngungun. One of the 11 volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains.
The 11 peaks
Each of the 11 mountain peaks can be found within the Glass House Mountains National Park. These are:
- Mount Beerburrum
- Mount Beerwah
- Mount Coochin
- Mount Coonowrin
- Mount Elimbah
- Mount Ngungun
- Mount Tibberoowuccum
- Mount Tibrogargan
- Mount Tunbubudla
- Wild Horse Mountain
- Mount Miketeebumulgrai
The walk up Mount Ngungun
One hour after driving through Brisbane, we reached Mount Ngungun. The excitement had already been building long before reaching the mountain as you’re treated to serene views of the peaks on approach. It was actually quite daunting standing at the base looking up at the 253 metre high mountain. Even for us. We would consider ourselves to be fit and quite experienced bushwalkers, but it did seem like a long way up in Queensland’s warm winter weather.
We were pleasantly surprised to find the walk to the top only took us 25 minutes. All of the information you find online will tell you it is a 2 hour return walk, however this will depend on your level of fitness.
It was late afternoon when we set off on the walk. We packed plenty of water into our backpack and enthusiastically made our way up the mountain. The walk consists of a lot of rocky stairs and rugged ground as you wind your way up through the trees. When you reach the top, you will be presented with large, rocky boulders. Climbing over these will take you to an amazing lookout, with views of the Beerwah, Coonowrin and Tibrogargan mountains off into the distance.
I had never seen anything like it. It was probably as amazing as my memories of Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Something so spectacular you could never imagine what it would be like to witness the landscape in person. A 360 degree view that almost didn’t seem real. As the sun started to set, the sky turned a deep orange, before setting into a dark purple from the cloud cover. The atmosphere was quiet, with just the sound of the wind and birds singing in the distance. I was at peace.
All photography by James Knight.
Are you thinking of visiting Mount Ngungun? Leave me a comment below! I’d love to answer any of your questions.